Today's office professional is under pressure to take on more responsibility, juggle more tasks and work for more than one manager or team. However, people’s perceptions of the PA’s role remain the same. This course provides practical guidance on changing these perceptions. It will help you to enhance your personal effectiveness through improved self-awareness, setting SMART goals and objectives, effective communication, assertiveness, self-confidence and networking.

Suitable for PAs, secretaries and administrators who are keen to maximise their personal effectiveness to improve their performance at work.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise and acknowledge your strengths and areas for development.
  • Manage your stress levels and improve your efficiency at work.
  • Communicate more effectively.
  • Be more assertive and confident with your work colleagues.
  • Use persuasion and influence to achieve your objectives.
  • Understand the benefits of networking.
  • Set a personal action plan with achievable goals.

Getting Focused - Working to Goals and Objectives

  • Identifying your organisation's values and objectives
  • Supporting your manager's/team's objectives
  • Working to your own goals and objectives

Understanding How You Work and Identifying Areas for Improvement

  • Personal SWOT - identifying personal strengths and development areas
  • Building on your strengths and exploring personal potential
  • Recognising the signs of stress
  • Understanding and developing methods to cope with stress

Effective Communication Skills

  • What impact does your communication have on others?
  • Verbal communication, personal image and body language
  • Identifying and overcoming the barriers to effective communication and relationship building
  • How to communicate not just inform
  • Effective questioning and listening

Developing your Assertiveness and Self-confidence

  • How your behaviour impacts on others
  • Defining and understanding assertive behaviour and its value
  • Putting assertiveness into practice
  • Saying no confidently without guilt
  • Developing your level of confidence

Persuading and Influencing Others

  • Influencing others to achieve prompt response and deadlines
  • Voicing your views, ideas and requests in a persuasive manner
  • Gaining cooperation from others and minimising conflict

Successful Networking - Developing Relationships and Learning from Others

  • The values and benefits of networking
  • Building cross-functional relationships
  • Understanding where networking opportunities exist and widening your support network

Personal Development

  • Formulating a personal action plan